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Rhymney Iron Company records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DRH

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Rhymney Iron Company records

Short Title: Rhymney Iron Company records

Creation date(s): 1825-1939

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 3.36 cubic metres (50 boxes, 57 plans, 197 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Rhymney Iron Company


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rhymney Ironworks were bought by Forman & Co from the Hall family in 1825. There had been ironworks on the site since 1800. Forman & Co had built the Bute Ironworks on the opposite bank of the River Rhymney in 1824 and from 1825, operated both works as one concern. The title of the company changed to Rhymney Iron Company Limited in 1874. At first, the main product of the Rhymney Ironworks was wrought iron rails. They started producing steel rails in 1876, and the following year it was estimated they would be able to manufacture five hundred tons of steel rails each week. At this time the company was recorded as owning eight hundred houses, shops and a brewery. The works ceased making wrought iron in 1884. In 1891 they also abandoned steel production when this ceased to be a profitable venture. The furnaces and plant were dismantled in the same year but the company continued to exist as a coal mining enterprise.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Rhymney Iron Company including surface and mineral plans, 1837-1853; Journals, 1836-1909; Invoice books, 1836-1901; Iron, coal and coke ledgers, 1836-1910; Invoices, 1840-1863; Stock inventory, 1848; Account and cash books, 1810-1921; Sales records, 1885-1939; Stores ledgers, 1911-1915; Pay books, 1890-1928; Cost books, 1900-1920; Rent books, 1912-1932; Accident books, 1898-1907; Report books, 1915-1939; Compensation records, 1912-1920; Letter books, 1857-1939; Agreement with the Rhymney Railway Company, 1855; Deeds, 1825-1900; Minute books, 1914-1937


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Area Administrative Officer of the NCB, 1951



Archivist's note: Mine of Information Project, University of Wales Swansea LIS Archives, Library & Information Centre,, University of Wales Swansea,Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Mine of Information Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Jan 2002; modified May 2006

Iron industry and trade | Wales, South
Iron-works | Wales, South
Rhymney Iron Company | Archives

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